The West Point Band Jazz Ensemble will present a performance on Tuesday, February 27 at 7 p.m. in Eisenhower Hall Ballroom at West Point.
Entitled “Diaspora,” this performance will explore the experiences of African Americans in the New World and will feature special guest, jazz trumpeter Etienne Charles. Join the Army’s oldest band for this unique and world- class performance celebrating African American music. This concert is free and open to all. No tickets are necessary, but you may RSVP at westpointband.com.
Through immersing himself in the folklore traditions of his native country of Trinidad and the surrounding Americas, Etienne Charles has forged a synthesis of modern jazz music that is both sophisticated and accessible to any listener. Hailed by The New York Times as “an auteur” and by JazzTimes as “A daring improviser who delivers with heart wrenching lyricism,” NPR’s All Things Considered calls Etienne, “a great young trumpeter…his records filter calypso, reggae and other Afro-Caribbean music into a modern jazz conception.”
Critics and audiences alike continue to praise the Trinidadian’s exciting performances, thrilling compositions, and his charismatic onstage presence. Etienne is a Guggenheim Fellow in the Creative Arts, Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet and Teacher Scholar at Michigan State University, and has been written in to US Congressional Record for his musical contributions to Trinidad and Tobago and the world.
Established in 1817, the West Point Band is the Army’s oldest musical organization and continues to provide world-class music to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets and to serve as ambassadors of the United States Military Academy and the Army to local, national, and international communities.
For concert information, cancellations and updates, call 938-2617 or visit westpointband.com.